- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
If you are a woman, or if there is a woman you care about, this election could be one of the most important in decades. There are profound differences between the two major political parties and their support of issues affecting women and their families.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Violence Against Women Act and Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (equal wages for women for equal work) all benefit women and families. Republicans, as a bloc, voted against each piece of legislation and then tried to pass the Blunt-Rubio Bill, which would have allowed any employer to eliminate contraception coverage in their employee health insurance plan for almost any reason.
Many Republicans, including vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, support the notion that a fertilized human egg has equal rights comparable to any citizen. This legislation known as “Personhood” would define women as no more than incubators and would have far-reaching ramifications regarding women's rights over their own bodies. Del. Anthony O'Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s), who is opposing 5th District Rep. Steny Hoyer (D), attempted to pass “Personhood” legislation for Maryland in 2009.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) has flip-flopped in support of “Personhood” just as he has done with support of legal abortion. If Romney is elected, the right to terminate a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest could be in peril. One day he is for something and the next day he isn't.
Additionally, Romney pledges to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. Remarkably, he won't say whether he supports legislation for equal pay for women.
Read the platforms of the political parties. Listen to the candidates. The choices could not be more clear about which party values women and families more.
Celia Rabinowitz, Lexington Park